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  1. @Macready that's exactly what I have on the intake of the AC 50. I see shrimp all over it and apparently, some of the smaller ones are able to get into the nooks and crannies. However for some to make it all the way into the filter box is strange and amazing as I'm surprised the impeller did not kill them. When I clean the AC 50 it is like I have a whole separate colony living in there and I have to be extra careful cleaning those sponges as well.
  2. How do you keep cherry shrimp out of your HOB filter? Every time I clean my AquaClear 50 HOB, I always find a few shrimp in the filter box. Thus I always rinse both sponges in the filter box in a buck with some clear tank water and it never fails that a few more shrimp will come out of the sponges. This last time, I must have found about 20 that I rescued and put back in the tank. Most of them are tiny to small babies, but I have found a few larger ones when I have gone longer between cleaning my filter. I hope those guys haven't grown up in the filter, that would be crazy. I have a medium Aquarium Coop pre filter sponge and I see a bunch of shrimp grazing on the song so I know some of the smaller ones are probably inside the sponge. However, to make it all the way into the filter box given the propeller is strange. I'm just wondering if others who have a HOB on their shrimp tank have to be mindful of how they clean their HOB or is there a way to prevent the cherry shrimp from getting into the HOB in the first place?
  3. Thanks @RachelElizabeth. I had a magnifying glass and could barely make out a few that were colorless, but I could not get a photo. That's what made me wonder, about the age, especially once you see them out and about with their color.
  4. After about 2 months of my cherry shrimp settling in, I am now starting to see more baby shrimp. However, I was wondering how to estimate how old the baby shrimp are. Once you begin to see them out and about, are they a few days old, 1 week, 2 weeks? In the pictures, there are some baby shrimp and I'm just wondering how old they may be at this size for future reference.
  5. By the way, this is where I got the Bacter AE and Shrimp Baby schedule. I reduced the amount a lot because everyone said the recommended instructions were way too much. https://aquariumblueprints.com/bacter-ae-vs-shrimp-baby/
  6. Feeding is Shrimp Baby (M,W,F,Su), Bacter AE(T, Th, S) about a grain of rice +/-. Alge is growing on back and side glass. Also I give about 2 or 3 Xtreme Shrimpee pellets about every other day. Still working out the pellet schedule.
  7. @nabokovfan87 Thanks for the detailed response. It's only been about a month since I've had them so like you said maybe they are still adjusting. The tank setup is a planted 29 gallon with a Fluval 3.0 and AC70 HOB with a pre-filter and baffle to disperse the outflow. Water changes are about every other week about 10% - 15%. The only plant is Moneywort which gets some root tabs and Easy Green. Temp - 74 Ammonia - 0 Nitrate - 25 Nitrite - 0 GH - ~150 KH - ~120 pH - ~7.6 Chlorine - 0
  8. I have a planted 29 gallon tank that has been running for about a year. Early on, I had red cherry shrimp and chili rasbora with a couple of nerite snails. After about 6 months or so I sold the cherry shrimp to a friend. About a month ago, I decided to get more red cherry shrimp. Thus far, everything has been fine. However, last week, I noticed one of the berried females had died. Today, I noticed another berried female died. There have been no other deaths all month except for these 2 berried females. When I look closely, I can see small shrimplets so I know other females are giving birth, but I have no idea why the 2 that died happened to both be berried females. I did take a closer look at the second female and noticed a white ring around her body. I tried to read up on the white ring of death but was not sure if this applied to an already berried female.
  9. @Rycraft Did you stick with the Tidal 55? I just put one on my 29 gallon Aquarium Coop with the large prefilter sponge. I also also cut out a square of the Aquarium Coop Sponge Pad Coarse and zip tied it over the skimmer. But like you, I am finding it is doing a terrible job at picking of the floaties in the water. I even watched some of the floaties go right past the intake. I wanted to like this filter especially because of the wide range of flow control compared to the AquaClear. I probably go with the AquaClear 50 or maybe the AquaClear 30 as I don't want the flow to be too much.
  10. Looks like I may have to increase my maintenance a bit to help balance out the snail population. Thanks for the info.
  11. What kind of sail is this? I'm seeing more of these around and I'm not sure what kind of snail they are. They are in my RCS only tank. Is there a way to get rid of them, without harming the shrimp?
  12. @Mmiller2001 Where did you get your risers from? The only place I see them so far is on Etsy.
  13. @nabokovfan87 HAHAHA🤣 You got me. The A/C in the room was off too long, but all is good now.
  14. @Hannah Parker Thanks. I was going to go with a lawn look using dwarf hair grass, but that would have been more maintenance then I probably wanted to do. I love the idea of a moss bonsai tree. It'll add a focal point, plus some height. Thanks for the suggestion.
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